It’s called the Kobrand Tour d’Italia, and it is, in my opinion, one of the most ambitious wine and food experiences attempted in the 20-plus years that I’ve lived in Kansas City. It begins in the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 13, with a trade tasting featuring eight Italian wineries and their principals and some 70 wines. That’s impressive, but li...

Italy is set to retain its position as the world's top wine producer, according to the Unione Italiana Vini (UIV) and research organisation ISMEA. The data was reported by Italian news agency ANSA. Although Italian production has decreased by 26.1% in 2017, with this year's harvest estimated to be 40 million hectolitres, this figure still exceeds p...

Get a taste of Italy with Kathy Occhipinti in her presentation, “Sicily & Wine throughout the Ages” at Chillicothe Public Library on Sept. 14. Attendees will discover the ancient grape varieties in the Sicilian provinces of Agrigento and Messina that are revolutionizing the way Sicilian wine is viewed throughout the world, and learn about the wine...

The Italian American Cultural Club is planning its fall “Festa Del Vino”on Nov. 3. Chairman Todd Piergallini stated three regions of Italy will be represented at the event along with wines of the respective regions. Along with the wine tasting, the evening will include Italian food, desserts, door prizes, Italian auctions and a silent auction. The...

Il rafforzamento dell’Euro pesa sulle esportazioni negli Stati Uniti dove è stato raggiunto il record storico per l’agroalimentare Made in Italy con un aumento del 7% nel 2017,rispetto allo scorso anno. È quanto emerge da una analisi della Coldiretti sulla base dei dati Istat relativi ai primi cinque mesi dell’anno.  Gli Stati Uniti - sottolinea la...

Wine can be a little off-putting. There’s just so much of it out there. There are Pinots and Merlots and Cab Francs to contend with. There are renowned regions and famous wineries. Then there’s vernacular like the ‘nose,’ legs,’ and ‘finish’ to navigate. It’s a lot to track. The key is to “like what you like” and not apologize for being a neophyte....

There is no Italian wine region that frustrates me more than Lazio (Latium in Latin), an area I know especially well, as it’s where I have spent the majority of my adult life. I say it’s frustrating because, hard as it may be to believe, there is perhaps no other lesser-known wine region in Italy that has more potential for fine winemaking than doe...

Wines from Sardinia — Italy’s other major winemaking island in the Mediterranean, besides Sicily — have been increasingly appearing in retail wine shops and on the wine lists of major restaurants in the U.S. Although this island off of Italy’s west coast, about an hour’s flight from Rome, makes a great variety of wines from native grapes and non-na...

Rejoice wine lovers! US researchers have discovered a large storage jar that predates advent of wine during the Copper Age (early 4th millennium BC). Chemical analysis conducted on ancient pottery could dramatically predate the commencement of winemaking in Italy. This findings, are published in Microchemical Journal, are significant as it's the ea...

Rosé, with its delicate pink hue, is undoubtedly an It drink of summer. #YesWayRosé will never go out of fashion. However, Lambrusco, its underrated fizzy red Italian stepsister, is re-emerging stateside and giving the summery beverage a solid rival. In Emilia-Romagna, one of Italy’s most prized gastronomic treasures, Lambrusco is to Italians as co...